NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The 5-year-old daughter of Grammy-winning Christian music star Steven Curtis Chapman was struck and killed Wednesday by a sport utility vehicle driven by her brother, authorities said.
The girl, Maria, was hit in the driveway of the family's home
Wednesday afternoon by a Toyota Land Cruiser driven by her teenage
brother, said Laura McPherson, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee
The brother, whose name and exact age weren't available,
apparently did not see the girl, McPherson said. No charges are
"It looks like a tragic accident," she said.
Several family members witnessed the accident, which happened in
Williamson County just south of Nashville. The girl died later at
Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, hospital
spokeswoman Laurie Holloway said.
A publicist for Chapman's charity organization said the family
was expected to release a statement later Wednesday night.
Chapman, who is originally from Paducah, Ky., and his wife have
promoted international adoption and have three daughters from
China, including Maria. They have three biological children.
The singer's Web site says the couple was persuaded by their